Articles | Volume 20, issue 6
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 2251–2266, 2016

Special issue: Effective Science Communication and Education in Hydrology...

Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 2251–2266, 2016

Research article 10 Jun 2016

Research article | 10 Jun 2016

Understanding groundwater – students' pre-conceptions and conceptual change by means of a theory-guided multimedia learning program

Ulrike Unterbruner et al.

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Subject: Groundwater hydrology | Techniques and Approaches: Theory development
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Studies show that young people have difficulties with correctly understanding groundwater. We designed a multimedia learning program about groundwater and tested its learning efficacy with pupils and teacher-training students. A novelty is the theory-guided designing of the program on the basis of hydrogeology and science education. The pupils and students greatly benefited from working through the multimedia learning program.